Ingredient Name: Cashews
Traditional Chinese Name: 腰果 (Yāoguǒ)
What is this?
- The edible seed of the cashew fruit (of the cashew tree)
- The cashew nut is mildly sweet and crunchy in texture
- The cashew nut is beige/white in color and usually looks like the shape of a boat (see picture above)
- It is commonly found in Chinese cuisines (as a whole nut), soups and desserts
How do I prepare it?
- Rinse in warm water before usage
- Avoid using cashews that are pre-salted or roasted in soups
Where can I buy this?
- Cashews are available all year round in all supermarkets
What is the cost?
- This is not an expensive ingredient and the price varies depending on preparation and packaging
- Cashews are an excellent source of antioxidants and minerals
- They contain the “good” fatty acids that help lower bad cholesterol
- Cashews are rich in Vitamin B’s
- Cashews are a high calorie food, so consume in moderation
- The shell of the cashew nut is toxic (similar to that of the poison ivy) and is a skin irritant
- Take caution when serving to children as it is a nut and may cause allergies in children
- Store in a dry and cool place in a tightly sealed container
- Cashews can store up to 6 months if properly stored